Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him or her?
Whenever I hear or read the word “Mentor” I automatically look for one outside my home, a teacher, a friend, an aunt or an uncle. Strangely enough I never could answer the question. None of the above people ever took the role of a mentor in my life. I reassured myself, not everyone needs or has a mentor, so just accept the fact you did not have one.
This morning the word raised its head in my mind yet again. This time I inwardly went through all the names in my mind, the answer was still the same,no I did not have one.
Suddenly my daughter yelled out, “Mom”where is my … she barely completed what was on her mind, immediately I thought of my own Mom, here was someone who from the time I could talk and walk taught me between right and wrong.
Be respectful to your elders, greet them when they visit, listen,do not speak until you are spoken to. I remember once my sister and I were deep in conversation,my mother came quietly , she said: “what are you talking about, I hope you are not criticizing someone.”
My sister immediately remarked, “No Mom we are stating facts.”
My mom replied, “I don’t understand what kind of facts you’re talking about, make sure it’s not about anyone.”
Then she went on to explain to me that God does not like back biting, if we couldn’t say anything good about someone we should not discuss them at all.
There were so many other things such as ,”Be humble” when you walk look at the ground and not the sky, do not be overbearing, and there are so many other things I learned from her. What she taught me I could not learn from someone else.
The greatest lesson I learned from my Mom was treat everyone kindly, it will bring you dividends, I truly believe as humans we ought to treat other humans with respect. These were some of the things I learned from my mother.